Do you still base your game purchases on whether Yahtzee recommends it?

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I will always watch Zero Punctuation and think Yahtzee is a fantastic entertainer, but as a critic I can't help but feel like I feel less and less like my opinions align with his. I'm not going to say I disagree all the time but I just don't use him as a source of actual critique much anymore. It might be because I can't get new games as often as he does, so I don't really feel the fatigue he would have on particular genres like open world games. I also don't need a game to be brutally hard for me to enjoy it. But regardless, I just find myself watching him for laughs rather than to get any insight on the quality of a game.

People still eat at fast food chains, despite any culinary critique destroying and mocking quality and taste of food there.
Yahtzee can rant that shit is shit but it will not change taste of people who like to gobble down on that sort of shit. Plus he always have had a tongue in cheek, exaggerated way of critiquing games anyway for entertainment purposes. IMO he does excellent job, keeps his style and isn't swayed by agendas, corporate money and politics. Normal person, hilarious character.

i like Zero Punctuation but i would NEVER decide to purchase games based on those videos...

Uh... I don't think I ever based any of my purchases on the opinions of critics. If I think I'll like something that's all I need. I don't even watch/read reviews until after I play a game or watch a movie or whatever, only to see what other people think.

I always considered Zero Punctuation like a funny little show and nothing more.

No, I don't.

Partly because I watched him for entertainment and never really followed his recommendations to begin with. Partly because I've gotten tired of his (and other similar reviewers) style of critique and rarely watch him anymore. Save for the times he tackles genuine stinkers or high-profile disappointments, things like Ride to Hell: Retribution or No Man's Sky, respectively.

I've never based my purchases on what Yahtzee reviews. To me, he's an entertainer first, and a critic second. Not that he isn't erudite, but he's got clear preferences and prejudices, and part of the charm of ZP is that he doesn't try to hide them.

Sure do. I have never been led astray by Yhaztee in playing a game that he said is worthy. I never would have found Painkiller if it weren't for his review. Anything he says is good, I have always liked. My next game purchase is probably "A Hat in Time" because of his top 5, and I wouldn't have given that game another look based upon anything else anyone ever said about it. The things he hates about games he gives bad reviews to... are generally legitimate complaints, even if they aren't dealbreakers for me. Basically, anyone who doesn't take him as a serious reviewer or says he's more entertainer than critic... is crying because "he don't like what I like whaaaaaaaaggghhh." Basically anyone else who simply doesn't share similar taste in games to Yhatzee, stopped watching him and doesn't complain online about him because they don't care.

Good god, no. I've never done that. He makes entertaining videos. I have pretty narrow taste in games, I generally know what I'll like and what I won't.

Did people ever do that? It seems silly. He's more of a comedian than a critic.

I've bought a few good games based on Yahtzee's recommendations (Painkiller and Saints Row 2 being the most noteworthy), but only when they've been out for a while and at a considerable discount. He's generally not my go-to guy when it comes to these sorts of things, as I consider him to be an entertainer more than a critic. I tend to rely more on personal experience (when you've been playing video games for over 25 years you get pretty good at spotting bullshit), gameplay footage (the REAL kind, not the staged garbage they show for E3 trailers) and word-of-mouth from friends who know what kinds of games I gravitate towards.

I rarely watch his videos anymore.

There's a couple of games I probably never would have played(or I would have played them much later then I did) if I hadn't heard about them through Yathzee. However, over the last few years I'm kinda less interested in his opinion on quite a few of the games and his rountine feels like it's worn a bit thin.

I never base my purchases on critics' reviews. I find games I'm interested in, then watch several gameplay videos to see what it's like, then watch/read several different reviews to see what critics think, and usually also go to a place for user opinion. And only after all of that do I start to decide for myself whether I want to buy it or not.

He's a good critic in that, regardless of whether he likes or dislikes a game, he lets you figure out if you're going to like it or dislike it based on his review. He's honest with how the game impacts on him: no bullshit, no agendas, just being candid and sensible. And he's funny on top of that. I don't know what more you'd want from a critic.

The one thing that irks me is that sometimes he'd rather harp on the sillier contrivances of a plot nobody cares about than provide useful insight on the gameplay. I chalk it on the comedy angle.

(And for the record the only recommendation I've followed is Wolfenstein: The New Order, less for the ZP and more because of its GOTY spot.)

still? Such assumptions!
other than that, my tastes only align with his maybe 45-50% of the time, though I agree with his points around 85% of the time. But is a good laugh either way, I hope the job doesn't bring him down too much in the future, with having to write these videos weekly can be a fair bit draining I feel, the added pressure to keep coming up with humour also

Chimpzy:
No, I don't.

Partly because I watched him for entertainment and never really followed his recommendations to begin with. Partly because I've gotten tired of his (and other similar reviewers) style of critique and rarely watch him anymore. Save for the times he tackles genuine stinkers or high-profile disappointments, things like Ride to Hell: Retribution or No Man's Sky, respectively.

Thank you. I never bought a game based off his recommendation, but odds are I might have already had the game to begin with before he reviewed it. What made me not take his recommendations was his review of Mad World. That video was not a review, it was just a bashing video about Nintendo Wii.

I would still watches videos from time to time but nowhere near as much now. Also, there were times where he just playing the game wrong or exaggerated a flaw just for the sake of exaggerating when it was not that bad. And other people will take those opinions at face value. Yeah that's technically not his fault but he still has responsibilities as a reviewer.

I havent watched him in ages possibly years but I always viewed him as an entertainer rather than a critic. He can tell you he liked or disliked a game in an entertaining way but hes very poor at giving information needed to let others decide if they will like it. I found it quite obvious in some cases that he had hardly played the game not because I think he would like it if he played more but because he was giving out incorrect information such as the upgrades in Valkyria Chronicles being one path.

I would never decide to purchase or not purchase a game off of only one critic regardless and with Yahtzee I dont even take his opinion into consideration because of how little I find our views align and his view on a game is all I can really get from his vids.

No I base my game purchases on whether or not I can afford it which is almost never.

Adam Jensen:
Did people ever do that? It seems silly. He's more of a comedian than a critic.

This. I distinctly remember how he took a huge crap on Halo 3 without even touching the multiplayer in the slightest which is, literally, at least 75% of what makes Halo 3 Halo 3.

I got Spec Ops: The Line partly because he recommended it, so yeah.

No

The only time I did was with Call of Duty 4, I think. And maybe Batman: Arkham Asylum.

No, I haven't let critics decide if I should buy a game or not in many, many years.

Zero Punctuation is mainly entertainment vs a real critique. However, if you read between the lines, you can gleam some pretty useful information from Yahtzee about the game. Most of the time when he doesn't criticize gameplay, the game is usually good. And, of course, if Yahtzee doesn't like something that doesn't bother you, then it's not a big deal.

What would I have left to play if I only bought things he's not negative about!?

Not completely, as I like several games and franchises he's slammed before. I mean, just look at my goddamn profile pic!

However, if he recommends something, that immediately catches my interest and makes me look more into it. I've bought a few things he recommended that I would have otherwise missed out on.

Once or twice I've taken the plunge based on his recommendation, and most times its worked out.

I take him into account sometimes. Certainly I'll watch his ZP on a game if I'm thinking of buying it. I got Shadow of Mordor and Just Cause 2 based on his recommendation, and enjoyed both.

Other times meh. Still don't see what's so great about the Souls games. They're...alright. But nothing to write home about.

Yahtzee usually reviews big name games which I either buy until he reviews them or not my choice of genres. But like Silentpony I played Just Cause 2 under his recommendation and it really is amazing.

Never did. I may have been influenced by him to give Painkiller a second shot but, otherwise, no. As it is, his schtick with the Wii and how he embraced backlash against "casuals" showed that he really wasn't a critic but an entertainer. Given that a lot of his gimmick goes along with what the Escapist community was already thinking, it is unsurprising that a number of people on the Escapist embraced him as their go-to guy for game opinions.

Only game i ever picked up because of him was Bioshock

I never did. I used to watch him purely for entertainment. As far as i can remember he somewhat liked only a couple of games. I would have nothing to play if i took him seriously.

Did anyone ever? He was always "review-themed entertainment" rather than a proper review.

Buccura:
I will always watch Zero Punctuation and think Yahtzee is a fantastic entertainer, but as a critic I can't help but feel like I feel less and less like my opinions align with his. I'm not going to say I disagree all the time but I just don't use him as a source of actual critique much anymore. It might be because I can't get new games as often as he does, so I don't really feel the fatigue he would have on particular genres like open world games. I also don't need a game to be brutally hard for me to enjoy it. But regardless, I just find myself watching him for laughs rather than to get any insight on the quality of a game.

I watch him for laughs but yeah. he's a critic and his critique is based on his opinions and tastes. There are somethings he just doesn't like. I mean he dumps on Borderlands 1 & 2 but I thought those games were a great blast.

I used to, at least on a few occasions but not always. Let's Plays are my primary source of judgement now. I want/need to see the first ~15 minutes of a game to know if I'll like it or not. Many times, character creation is very important to me and I want to see if I can at least choose female. Not a dealbreaker, just a preference (example: I'll always buy an Assassin's Creed game).

Yahtzee started shortly before the LP craze really hit its stride but now I'm older, mature, and aware of the few facts on very specific Yahtzee-based opinions that completely counter my own. He loves Dark Souls, and I despise challenge. I prefer fun over challenge (and we both adore Saints Row).

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